It has been said that to properly incorporate a habit into one’s daily practice, the habit needs to be practiced for 21 days before it becomes ingrained into our everyday lives. For these 21 days there needs to be a conscious effort to assert oneself to make the practice into a habit. The catch with the No Impact Week (NIW) project is that it is, well, only one week long. Following this difficulty lies the stressful fact that NIW’s goal isn’t to change one habit; NIW’s purpose is to consciously make comprehensive change most of our habits relating to consumption. Sure I might make a conscious effort to print double sided pages for my essays and turn off lights when I leave my tiny dorm, but, in my normal impact-full life, do I unplug my chargers? Buy nothing pre-packaged? Bring my own tupperware to Slayter instead of using disposable paper plates? (This list goes ON)… No, I don’t do these things.
The level conscious effort in this sustainable experiment is high. I opened up a bag of chips today, and upon eating the first one, I realized that very shortly the plastic bag will shortly end up in a pile of trash where it will be for thousands of years. I couldn’t return the chips though. Can’t reuse the bag.
It will be interesting to see how well I can monitor most of my habits this week, while also creating new ones. I expect to reach the goals that I set, yet there are SO MANY other possible habits I could utilized that I hadn’t thought about until I opened that bag of chips. Trash is everywhere around us; cutting back on consumption that produces trash should be tough.